29 April 2012

White Bean & Basil Spread on Garlic Toasts

Meet my seriously delicious lunch.

This is a very easy recipe for a nice white bean spread. Just a few ingredients come together beautifully. My favourite recipes are the easy ones, where simple, wholesome foods really get a chance to shine. No fuss, no fancy foods - just really good, yummy, healthy stuff.

I had a really nice garlic loaf from the bakery, and the pairing was fantastic. Recommend!


White Bean & Basil Spread on Garlic Toasts
Inspired by love & lemons, a newly-discovered gem

one cup dried butter beans, soaked overnight and cooked (alternatively, one can will do)
2-3 tablespoons good olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
torn basil leaves, however much you prefer
1-3 tablespoons water, to thin the mixture
1 clove smoked garlic (regular garlic is fine, too)
a pinch of sea salt of choice (I used fleur de sel)
scant 1/2 teaspoon honey
freshly cracked mixed peppercorns
4 pieces toasted garlic bread

Purée all ingredients in a food processor or using a stick blender. Put on toasted garlic bread and finish with a touch more fleur de sel, cracked pepper, and olive oil.

Makes about a cup of spread, enough for two people as a starter or light lunch (two small-ish toasts each).


  1. Mmmm...something about this white bean and basil spread is calling out to me. I imagine it is a little like hummus but more herbal like pesto. Must try this...

    1. Hi Sarah, it is a bit like hummus in texture, but the flavour is very herbal and fresh. :)